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Il Laudario di Cortona / Lionheart

Album Summary

>Anonymous, Catalonian : Ave Dei genitrix
>Anonymous, Italian : Laudiamo Yhesu
>Anonymous, Cortona Codex : Christo e nato
>Anonymous, Italian : Vergene bella, gratiosa e pura
>Anonymous, Italian : Ave mater, o Maria
>Dammonis, Innocentius : Laudiam l'amor divino / Tutti debiam cantare, for chorus & instruments
>Anonymous, Italian : Dal ciel venne messo novello
>Anonymous, Italian : Gaude virgo, mater Christi / Gaude, flore virginali / Gaude virgo, mater Christi, motet
>Anonymous, Cortona Codex : O Maria d'omelia se fontana
>Anonymous, Cortona Codex : Gloria 'n cielo (Shepherd's Adoration), devotional song (Laudario di Cortona)
>Anonymous, Italian : Verbum caro factum est, lauda
>Anonymous, Italian : O dolce amor Yhesu
>Anonymous, Italian : Dilecto Yhesu Cristo
>Anonymous, Italian : Troppo perde'l tempo
>Anonymous, Italian : In natali Domini / In natali Domini, motet
>Dammonis, Innocentius : Amor, Jesu, divino, lauda
>Anonymous, Italian : Andrea beato laudi tucta la gente
>Anonymous, Italian : Con desiderio io vo cerchando (a.k.a. "Cum desiderio e vo cercando")
>Anonymous, Italian : Ogn'uomo ad alta boce
>Anonymous, Italian : O Jesu dolce
>Dammonis, Innocentius : O Jesu dolce, for chorus & instruments
>Dammonis, Innocentius : Cum jubili d'amore, for soprano & instruments
>Traditional, Christmas : Salutiam divotamente (Italian)
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Laude, or songs of praise, inspire this collection, the fourth appearance of the extraordinary all-male vocal ensemble Lionheart on eOne Music. Comprised of musical gems from 13th-14th century Italy, this collection of cappella melodies is drawn from Il Laudario di Cortona, which preserves poetic tests and music, as well as the Laudario of the Compagnia di Sant'Agnese, which in addition to music and text included masterful illuminations, such as the one on the cover of this recording. Recorded in splendid sound, this recording captures the beauty and mystery of medieval Italy.

Kansas City Star
Lionheart's accomplishments appear almost miraculous. Perfect blend, diction, tone production, phrasing and a host of dynamic subtleties characterize their singing. Lionheart embodies the best qualities of the early-music movement - they are consummate musicians who really love an audience.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
The program's five sections - Processional, Virgin and Child, The Angel's Message, Bethlehem, and Emmanuel: God With Us - organize 23 pieces to honor and tell the Nativity story. Drawn from collections of laude from the 13th through early 16th Centuries, the music is sequenced to show contrasts between the simpler anonymous earlier works and the more elaborate compositions attributed to the Venetian monk Innocentius Dammonis and published by Ottaviano Petrucci in 1508. These beautiful performances make palpable the saying "those who sing, pray twice". The all-male Lionheart ensemble understands the style completely and is highly skilled at expressing sincerity, conviction, and adoration. Flowing lines, interplay of vocal melodies, and rhythmic variety animate the performances; and the timbres and tuning are a pleasure to hear.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of the Ascension, New York, NY (05/2012).



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Works Details

>Anonymous, Catalonian : Ave Dei genitrix
  • Ensemble: Lionheart
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 12th Century

>Anonymous, Italian : Laudiamo Yhesu

>Anonymous, Cortona Codex : Christo è nato
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.

>Anonymous, Italian : Vergene bella, gratiosa e pura
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.

>Anonymous, Italian : Ave mater, o Maria
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.

>Dammonis, Innocentius : Laudiam l'amor divino / Tutti debiam cantare, for chorus & instruments
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Italian : Dal ciel venne messo novello
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.

>Anonymous, Italian : Gaude virgo, mater Christi / Gaude, flore virginali / Gaude virgo, mater Christi, motet
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.

>Anonymous, Cortona Codex : O Maria d'omelia sè fontana
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.

>Anonymous, Cortona Codex : Gloria 'n cielo (Shepherd's Adoration), devotional song (Laudario di Cortona)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Written: 12th Century

>Anonymous, Italian : Verbum caro factum est, lauda
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Written: 14th Century

>Anonymous, Italian : O dolce amor Yhesu
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.

>Anonymous, Italian : Dilecto Yhesu Cristo
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.

>Anonymous, Italian : Troppo perde'l tempo
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.

>Anonymous, Italian : In natali Domini / In natali Domini, motet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.

>Dammonis, Innocentius : Amor, Jesu, divino, lauda
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Italian : Andrea beato laudi tucta la gente
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.

>Anonymous, Italian : Con desiderio io vo cerchando (a.k.a. "Cum desiderio e vo cercando")
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.

>Anonymous, Italian : Ogn'uomo ad alta boce
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.

>Anonymous, Italian : O Jesu dolce
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.

>Dammonis, Innocentius : O Jesu dolce, for chorus & instruments
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dammonis, Innocentius : Cum jubili d'amore, for soprano & instruments
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Traditional, Christmas : Salutiam divotamente (Italian)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.